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#1 WantABanshee

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:25 AM

I just bought a bike and am rebuilding it.. I ride all trails and was wondering what you guys did to keep your banshee from overheating??

I will be rebuilding it w stock internals and stock headed

Thanks

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 01:02 PM

I just bought a bike and am rebuilding it.. I ride all trails and was wondering what you guys did to keep your banshee from overheating??

I will be rebuilding it w stock internals and stock headed

Thanks


I was going to say a coolhead and engine ice for coolant but then i read the rest of your post. so scratch the coolhead. I run in really hot weather in the summer and i think engine ice works great!
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 02:05 PM

Ok so Engine Ice it is. What other popular mods do people do to aid with cooling in a low speed situation? Besides a cyl. head swap?

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 02:47 PM

Ok so Engine Ice it is. What other popular mods do people do to aid with cooling in a low speed situation? Besides a cyl. head swap?

I think a couple guys run a larger radiator.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 03:01 PM

you could put in an aftermarket impellar... it does help somewhat and is added insurance against nylon impellar fins braking off and you not know it...

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 03:03 PM

Get a different head preferrably Chariot or NOSS since they're sponsors....Billet impeller, engine ice coolant, larger radiator .....

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 04:01 PM

never overheated my banshee go for long trail rides all the time. i run coolant from wal mart whatever is cheapest haha

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 10:07 AM

never overheated my banshee go for long trail rides all the time. i run coolant from wal mart whatever is cheapest haha

x2 haha cheap coolant and avaerage 85mile rides at a time..

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 07:45 PM

Get a different head preferrably Chariot or NOSS since they're sponsors....Billet impeller, engine ice coolant, larger radiator .....

good post ... get a coolhead also

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 02:13 AM

i keep moving....

#11 bigborebanshee

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 10:44 AM

There is not much you can do other than what others have posted above,but Here a neat little trick that will benefit even stock banshees

between the radiator and shrouds,there is a significant gap on both sides,the banshee radiator shroud is a great air catcher,but these gaps will divert more air around the radiator than it should. My solution is to take an old stock radiator grille.You can cut out the bigger fins along with the mesh and position them to divert incoming air into the radiator,not around it.The screws that actually hold the stock grill in can actually be used to mount the air deflectors.

I can't explain it but if you look between the shroud and the radiator itself,there is a significant gap.I saw someone using a 1 inch thick foam tape to seal the area around it,but the foam acts like an insulator IMO.If you can fab up something that will redirect better into the radiator it will only benefit the cooling.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 10:03 PM

Another little trick that I plan on doing when I finally stop riding the shee is to use aircraft stripper to strip the black paint off the radiator and maybe polish it for looks but stripping it and shrouding it should definitely help lower temps.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:06 AM

Another little trick that I plan on doing when I finally stop riding the shee is to use aircraft stripper to strip the black paint off the radiator and maybe polish it for looks but stripping it and shrouding it should definitely help lower temps.


The black paint on the rad helps dissipate heat. Stripping the paint will make your rad less efficient and your motor run hotter. Polished rads look cool on drag bikes, but they only run for seconds at a time. Regular bikes have to stay cool for hours when riding.

If your motor is jetted correctly you will not overheat as long as you keep moving. Putting in a billet impeller is a good idea though.
I run some hairy trails in the mountains and woods and have never overheated.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 11:21 AM

i keep moving....

haha
very true

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:25 PM

Billet impeller? i'm just curious? how many people know of engine problems with the stock impeller going bad? I understand the theory, but have talked to several builders that say they have never seen one fail. :confused: